Florida Derby

  • Location: Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, FL
  • Inaugural Race: 1952
  • Current Distance: 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 1
  • 2020 Purse: $1,000,000
  • 2020 Race Date: Saturday, March 28th
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2020 Florida Derby Entries and Results

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HORSE
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JOCKEY
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WIN
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7
Tiz the Law
Manuel Franco
Barclay Tagg
$4.80
$3.60
$2.80
2
Shivaree
Emisael Jaramillo
Ralph E. Nicks
$42.00
$13.00
12
Ete Indien
Florent Geroux
Patrick L. Biancone
$3.40
5
Gouverneur Morris
John R. Velazquez
Todd A. Pletcher
9
Independence Hall
Joel Rosario
Michael J. Trombetta
10
Candy Tycoon
Luis Saez
Todd A. Pletcher
8
My First Grammy
Hector Isaac Berrios
Amador Merei Sanchez
1
As Seen On Tv
Paco Lopez
Kelly J. Breen
13
Rogue Element
Miguel Angel Vasquez
Dale L. Romans

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2.00 Exacta (7-2) Paid: $188.40
  • $2.00 Trifecta (7-2-12) Paid: $657.80
  • $2.00 Superfecta (7-2-12-5) Paid: $2,586.00


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Florida Derby History

First contested in 1952, the Florida Derby is a worthy prize, with $1 million and grade one status at stake. Originally staged in early or mid-March for most of its years – during which time its victors usually had another lead-up race to the Kentucky Derby – it was switched to five weeks before the Run for the Roses in 2005, meaning it’s now usually a final lead-up.

The race is one of the key prep races in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. The first four finishers earn points on a 100-40-20-10 basis. The winner will be guaranteed to have enough points to secure a Kentucky Derby start, and the 40 points for the runner-up has been enough to earn a start every year since the Road series began in 2013.

However, it’s not just points that makes the Florida Derby important. In its 66-year history, the Florida Derby field has contained the Kentucky Derby winner 24 times – more than any other prep race. Fifteen of those horses completed the Florida Derby – Kentucky Derby double, including the two most recent winners, Nyquist and Always Dreaming. A further five Florida Derby winners didn’t win at Churchill Downs but went on to win the Preakness Stakes or the Belmont Stakes.

Not surprisingly, the winner’s roll contains a number of all-time great North American horses, including Hall of Famers Nashua, Needles, Tim Tam, Carry Back, Northern Dancer, Alydar, Spectacular Bid, and Holy Bull.

The Fountain of Youth Stakes in early March is an important lead-up – 14 winners of that race have taken out the Florida Derby – but it’s just as likely to be won by horses that raced somewhere else at their previous start.


Previous Winners of the Florida Derby

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2020
Tiz the Law
Manuel Franco
Barclay Tagg
Sackatoga Stable
2019
Maximum Security
Luis Saez
Jason Servis
Gary and Mary West
2018
Audible
John R. Velazquez
Todd Pletcher
China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Starlight Racing, WinStar Farm
2017
Always Dreaming
John R. Velazquez
Todd Pletcher
Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables
2016
Nyquist
Mario Gutierrez
Doug O'Neill
Reddam Racing
2015
Materiality
John R. Velazquez
Todd Pletcher
Alto Racing
2014
Constitution
Javier Castellano
Todd Pletcher
Winstar Farm
2013
Orb
John Velazquez
Claude McGaughey III
Janney/Phipps Stable
2012
Take Charge Indy
Calvin Borel
Patrick B. Byrne
C & M Sandford
2011
Dialed In
Julien R. Leparoux
Nick Zito
Robert V. LaPenta

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